Nantucket Memorial Airport

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Nantucket Memorial Airport
Nantucket Memorial Airport Logo.jpg
Airport type Public
Owner Town of Nantucket
Operator Nantucket Memorial Airport Commission
Location Nantucket, Massachusetts
Hub for Cape Air
Nantucket Airlines
Tradewind Aviation
Elevation AMSL 48 ft / 15 m
Coordinates 41°15′10.4″N 070°03′32.4″W / 41.252889°N 70.059000°W / 41.252889; -70.059000Coordinates: 41°15′10.4″N 070°03′32.4″W / 41.252889°N 70.059000°W / 41.252889; -70.059000
FAA Airport Diagram
FAA Airport Diagram
ACK is located in Massachusetts
ACK is located in the US
Location of airport in Massachusetts / United States
Direction Length Surface
ft m
6/24 6,303 1,921 Asphalt
12/30 2,696 822 Asphalt
15/33 4,000 1,219 Asphalt
Statistics (2006)
Aircraft operations 163,810
Based aircraft 33

Nantucket Memorial Airport (IATA: ACKICAO: KACKFAA LID: ACK) is a public airport on the south side of the island of Nantucket in the U.S. state of Massachusetts. The airport is owned by the Town of Nantucket and is located three miles (5 km) southeast of the town.[1] It is the second-busiest airport in the state, after Logan International Airport[citation needed] due to intense corporate travel to and from the island in the busy summer months.


Nantucket Memorial Airport covers an area of 1,200 acres (490 ha) which contains three runways:[1]

  • Runway 6/24: 6,303 ft × 150 ft (1,921 m × 46 m), Surface: Asphalt
  • Runway 12/30: 2,696 ft × 50 ft (822 m × 15 m), Surface: Asphalt
  • Runway 15/33: 4,000 ft × 100 ft (1,219 m × 30 m), Surface: Asphalt

For the 12-month period ending April 30, 2006, the airport had 163,810 aircraft operations, an average of 448 per day: 74% air taxi, 26% general aviation, <1% scheduled commercial and military. In 2006, there were 33 aircraft based at this airport: 48% single engine, 48% multi-engine and 2% helicopters.[1] However, these numbers are older and the newer statistics are probably much higher, as corporate air travel to and from the island has increased over the years.


In the late 1930s, a man named Holm began allowing the Town of Nantucket to use fields on his property as an airfield. Holm's farmhouse, located at the intersection of Old South and Nobadeer Farm Roads, is still standing today, although airport buildings have been built around the farmhouse.[2]

During World War II, the U.S. Navy took control of the airport and operated it as Naval Auxiliary Air Facility Nantucket. The Navy constructed temporary bunkers and buildings, of which the buildings were torn down after the war. The bunkers, which were constructed using concrete and steel, are currently used for airport storage.[2]

Terminal and facilities[edit]

Cape Air Cessna 402 being unloaded at Nantucket in 2005

In 2009, the terminal was updated with an upgrade of the previous 12,000 square feet (1,100 m2) and an expansion of 18,000 square feet (1,700 m2) at a cost of approximately $29 million. A major goal of the expansion was to increase the capacity of the terminal substantially over the original 1950s facility. Another goal was to segregate air-taxi passengers, who do not require security screening, from airline passengers, who do.[3]

The airport apron for commercial aircraft has eight parking stands for Cessna 402 aircraft mainly operated by Cape Air and Nantucket Airlines. There are also four larger parking stands for JetBlue E190s, American Airlines CRJ-200/CRJ-700/CRJ-900s, Delta CRJ-200/ERJ-145s and United Dash 8 Q-200 aircraft. More stands are available if needed. Most of the parking is reserved for general aviation aircraft, with parking for the larger, commercial services located on the north side of the terminal.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
American Eagle Seasonal: New York–LaGuardia, Washington–National
Cape Air Boston, Hyannis, Martha's Vineyard,
Seasonal: White Plains
Delta Connection Seasonal: New York–JFK, New York–LaGuardia
JetBlue Airways Seasonal: Boston, New York–JFK, Washington–National
Nantucket Airlines Hyannis, New Bedford
Rectrix Shuttle Hyannis[4]
Reliant Air Seasonal charter: Danbury, White Plains
Tradewind Aviation Seasonal charter: Teterboro, White Plains
United Express Seasonal: Newark

Up through the 1990s, a variety of other carriers served the airport, some of which used jet airliners as large as McDonnell Douglas DC-9s. These included such major carriers as American Airlines and Continental Airlines. Business Express, a Delta Air Lines' Connection air carrier, also operated seasonal jet flights into Nantucket utilizing British Aerospace BAe 146-200 aircraft. Up until 1989, Provincetown-Boston Airlines served Nantucket, using Douglas DC-3 aircraft. The airport is currently home to a variety of general aviation aircraft, ranging from Piper J-3 Cubs to Boeing Business Jets in the summer months. Former Vice President of the United States Joe Biden visited the island for seven thanksgivings during his eight year term, bringing with him his Boeing 757 Air Force Two transport as well as his C-17. His 757 currently the largest aircraft ever to land and takeoff from Nantucket. The largest regularly scheduled passenger service airliner was the DC-9, operated by Continental Express. Currently it is JetBlue's Embraer 190. Prior to the American Airlines/US Airways merger, American Airlines did not operate to Nantucket. However, they now operate the American Eagle Embraer 175.

Cape Air and Nantucket Airlines[edit]

It is important to note that Cape Air acquired Nantucket Airlines and now operates the aircraft as Cape Air flights, though keeping their original Nantucket Airlines paint scheme. Anywhere in this article that mentions Nantucket Airlines is referring to Cape Air flights. Nantucket Airlines also operated the Cessna 402 aircraft.


Top destinations[edit]

Busiest domestic routes from ACK (June 2016 – May 2017)
Rank Airport Passengers Carriers
1 Boston, Massachusetts 39,550 Cape Air, JetBlue
2 New York–JFK, New York 34,940 Delta Connection, JetBlue
3 Hyannis, Massachusetts 16,970 Cape Air, Nantucket Airlines
4 Washington–National, D.C. 10,430 American Eagle, JetBlue
5 New Bedford, Massachusetts 5,200 Cape Air
6 White Plains, New York 4,120 Cape Air
7 Newark, New Jersey 3,160 United Express
8 New York–LaGuardia, New York 2,390 American Eagle, Delta Connection
9 Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts 2,100 Cape Air

Airline market share[edit]

Largest Airlines at ACK (Nov 2015 – Oct 2016)[5]
Rank Airline Passengers Share
1 Cape Air 111,000 45.25%
2 JetBlue 90,100 36.63%
3 Republic Airlines 17,910 7.28%
4 Shuttle America 13,050 5.31%
5 Commutair 6,530 2.65%


  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for ACK (Form 5010 PDF), retrieved 2007-03-15
  2. ^ a b Nantucket Master Airport Plan, Chapter 3. Accessed May 4, 2014
  3. ^ Gerber, Greg (September–October 2009). "Nantucket Memorial Expands & Modernizes Without Losing Island Charm". Airport Improvement Magazine. Retrieved 2012-09-19. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Nantucket, MA: Nantucket Memorial (ACK)". Bureau of Transportation Statistics. May 2011. Retrieved January 31, 2016. 

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